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Silent Rage
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by Jack Sommersby

"The First Martial-Arts Slasher Flick"
2 stars

Gorehounds will be disappointed and action fans will be far from sated.

In the mediocre 1982 action/horror movie Silent Rage, small-town Texas sheriff Dan Stevens (Chuck Norris) finds a most formidable opponent in the person of a mentally-ill murderer (slayer of his entire family, including both parents and siblings -- the realistic sound effect of him driving an axe into his father's head will have you wincing) transformed through a radical medical experiment into a virtually-unstoppable killing machine, impervious to everything from gunshots and knife wounds to the torso, and just about any violence inflicted thanks to his incredible ability of swift regeneration within mere seconds. Suffice to say, Stevens' opponent is the equivalent of Halloween's Michael Myers and Friday the 13th's Jason Voorhees, which is initially titillating but eventually grows tiresome in that the killer keeps on and on and on like the Energizer Bunny, enduring karate-expert Norris' powerful punches and roundhouse kicks after another so the central conflict holds little in the way of sustained tension since we know most of these otherwise-detrimental body blows will be for naught until the very end -- and maybe not even then, mind you, in light of the kind of he-isn't-really-dead endings most of the Halloween entries favor and have grown so trite and tiresome. Yes, folks, this is the first Chuck Norris slasher flick for those who were hungering for such a thing. And, unfortunately, it adheres to many of the tired weaknesses of substandard entries in that particular subgenre: plot holes you can drive a jetliner through; soon-to-be victims doing eye-rolling, inane things like not splitting from a house the killer's in or finishing him off with a gunshot wound to the head when the opportunities more than present themselves; the occasional moments of good-natured humor that decidedly clash with the overall tone so the proceedings are off-kilter and needlessly unpleasant. The debuting screenwriter, Joseph Fraley, who earned story credit for Norris's awful 1978 Good Guys Wear Black, is an absolute zero in the departments of characterization, dialogue and plotting; and Michael Miller, whose only well-known effort is the overpraised Roger Corman-produced Jackson County Jail, directs at an absolute funeral pace and can stage neither a fight sequence nor fright moment to save his life. A few semi-redeeming virtues can be found in the sometimes-entrancing cinematography during some of the interior scenes (the use of color gels is expressive), the appealing performance by Animal House alum Stephen Furst as Stevens' overweight, pacifist partner, and Brian Libby's menacing, hair-raising physical presence as the villain. But these are practically for moot since the material at hand is so appallingly derivative and sloppily executed to the nth degree. While not as bad as Top Dog and Sidekicks amd Hellbound, it's still quite the sub-par Norris star vehicle that would've been better off hanging in the closet.

Check out 1985's "Code of Silence," which still remains Norris's best work.

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originally posted: 07/26/08 18:54:54
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User Comments

12/14/11 matthew Thompson Dalldorf Chuck Norris Vs. Micheal Myers! 4 stars
7/04/11 joseph great movie.slyder is an idiot. 5 stars
11/01/10 action movie fan psycho killer reveived by scientists-good action,horror sci-fi blend-great opening 4 stars
1/12/10 Dan A awesome movie! Gotta love chuck 5 stars
11/07/09 tim0 Fun, and not really *that* unwatchable. You know what you're gonna get. 2 stars
12/29/08 Pete's Wifey Loved It! 5 stars
8/05/08 E K Zimmerman Love Chuck, but this was disappointing. 3 stars
6/26/08 Jamie SCARY when i was a kid, i liked chuck but now that he is walker lmao oh well. need a pt 2! 3 stars
3/01/08 Snyper74 If you love Chuck you MUST watch this flick!! 5 stars
10/31/07 ben dover kicks ass 5 stars
9/22/07 Mooley J Bastid I seen the film when it came out. You knew what to expect from a Chuck movie back then. 5 stars
11/21/04 gerbilerba this movie scared the balls off of me. 2 stars
6/13/04 John Silent Rage is what happens to he audience after two hours of this film 1 stars
2/06/04 Dr. Powell SILENT RAGE 2 5 stars
1/23/04 Sugarfoot GARBAGE! 1 stars
3/25/03 Jack Sommersby Some pretty scary moments and good perfs overcome a silly script. 3 stars
4/25/02 Charles Tatum Terrible film helped slowly snuff Chuck's film career 1 stars
1/31/02 Paul W. Kinda silly premise, but fun if you like Chuck 3 stars
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